After constructing one of the best releases of 2005, the Walls
EP, The Red Paintings have returned within a year with another superb release. In conjunction with Walls
, Destroy The Robots
really showcases the level of songwriting depth within the band as a whole, but particularly lead songwriter, Jamie Barrett.
There's a total of 6 tracks to be heard, none of which had been seen on previous releases, such as Your Tears Are Warning Signs
. From the opening classical sounding violin segment of Destroy The Robots
, to the monotonous spoken outro of Destroy The Humans
, the EP will have should captivate your attention. Of the 5 'real' songs here, all of them would be suitable for radio airplay, as they are relatively straightforward, and brilliantly catchy. And for the record, Pickles
seems to have been selected as the first song to hit the airwaves, although I would rate it as the lowest of the five (I cannot stress enough that this is not saying it's a bad song).
New drummer, Andy Davis, has slotted in very well with the band. His work is more prominent than that heard on prior releases, not only because the drums play a bigger part in the new material, but because they are also slightly louder in the mix, and he comes across as more energetic in general. In fact, the EP as a whole is slightly more energetic, with less slower tempo's all around. The Red Paintings also have a new bassist, Amanda Holmes, on Destroy The Robots
, but there is next to no difference in playing style.
The strings, ie; Violin and Cello, yet again, work very well with each other, adding another dimension to The Red Paintings sound. Other than that there's not really much I can say about them though. Trash's guitar is pretty straightforward as well, being played mostly on an electric, but an acoustic appears at the beginning of Pickles
. Destroy The Robots
(song) is pretty nifty though, and is probably the best representation of the stringed instruments that you will hear here, adding in that slightly more experimental sound that TRP have.
The vocal melodies on the EP are great, as per usual. Not great because they display some kind of technical ability, or show some kind of experimentalism, but purely because of how well they managed to work their way into the back of your mind. It's this element of the music that allows me to say that the majority of Destroy The Robots
is worthy of radio airplay, with Futureless
, I'll Sell You Suicide
and It Is As It Was
being great examples of this.
- Amazing, catchy songwriting abilities
- The final track, Destroy The Humans
. It's 3 and a half minutes silence, before some single robotic sounding words spoken over a slow, ambient synth.
Overall, Destroy The Robots
is a superb release. It's a little more upbeat, and possibly straightforward, than Walls
, but remains very similar in style. Musically I feel as though it sounds a little more optimistic, but the lyrical content has not changed at all. The fact that this was released less than a year after their last EP shows that they really do have some great ideas when it comes creating music. The Red Paintings are due for a little more recognition (and well deserving), and I feel as though Destroy The Robots will be the one to deliver it. I highly recommend this to any fan of The Red Paintings, Alternative music, or the Violin/Cello in general.
: May 6th, 2006
Guitar, Vocals, Synth & Bass on Destroy The Robots
: Jamie Barrett (Trash McSweeney)
Violin, Backing Vocals
: Ellen Stancombe
Cello, Backing Vocals
: Wayne Jennings
: Amanda Holmes
: Andy Davis